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In an increasingly litigious society, a growing number of businesses and industries are seeking relief from the high costs of litigation. While litigation cannot be avoided in all situations, Nelson Mullins helps achieve early case resolutions for clients involved in significant matters. The firm uses sophisticated and varied alternative dispute resolution methods.

Nelson Mullins attorneys routinely serve as neutrals in a variety of matters, and in that way stay current on alternative dispute resolution methods, law, and strategies. In addition, firm attorneys routinely serve as advocates for clients in alternative dispute settings. Nelson Mullins focuses on developing creative and versatile alternative dispute techniques that are tailored for clients’ needs. Firm attorneys conduct case evaluations that assist in strategic planning, litigation, and business costs analysis, and risk and exposure assessments. Nelson Mullins examines alternative dispute methods for appropriateness under statute, court rule, industry practice, and applicable contracts. Group attorneys are experienced in methods of case resolution, including arbitration, mediation, conciliation, negotiation, fact-finding, moderated settlement conferences, high-low and other risk capping agreements, neutral evaluations, professional panel reviews and assessments, mini-trials, and summary jury trials. Group attorneys have experience in a variety of practice areas, including product liability, personal injury and property damage cases, environmental matters, commercial litigation, business contracts, franchise and dealer agreements, business partnerships, bankruptcy, insurance, labor and employment, healthcare, environmental issues, and patent and trademark work.

Nelson Mullins attorneys have assisted clients from numerous industries in the development of corporate programs in alternative dispute resolution. These programs have been designed for early and cost-effective resolution in product liability matters, franchise and dealer relationships, and labor and employment issues.

Firm attorneys regularly provide pre-litigation counsel and assist clients in avoiding litigation through proactive settlement negotiations prior to the filing of lawsuits. The firm has been involved in mediations and arbitration hearings throughout the United States and in international venues. Firm attorneys have served as regional and national counsel in alternative dispute resolution.

Nelson Mullins attorneys hold the certifications and qualifications required by their jurisdictions for the provision of alternative dispute resolution services in state and federal courts and before certain administrative agencies. Group members serve on panels of the American Arbitration Association, including its arbitrators panels for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and several serve as trainers in alternative dispute resolution. Nelson Mullins attorneys hold leadership positions in professional organizations that promote and oversee alternative dispute resolution, including the American Bar Association and various state bar associations. Group members have participated in the implementation of programs mandated by state and federal courts.

For additional information on the Nelson Mullins practice in Alternative Dispute Resolution, please contact Taylor Daly at 800-237-2000 or at